In the eyes of some people, asking for help is a sign of weakness. However, what they fail to see is that it actually is a virtue. When I was struggling with health issues on my own, seeking help seemed like an impossible thing for me. Now, I see how crucial it was to my recovery. I believe that without it, I would have stuck to my old bad habits.
As some of you may know, I struggled, and still do, with my body image for years now. Eventually, I developed an eating disorder. It was the lowest point of my life. As a result of my rapid weight loss, I lost my hair, I was very weak, I felt guilty, but couldn’t stop.
I wasn’t able to admit my behavior, I tried to brush off the problems that were there. I was too scared to acknowledge it. So much so that I didn’t seek the help that I needed so badly. My loved ones were the ones who saved me after arranging an intervention for me.
Throughout my recovery process, I also needed a lot of help. As I’ve mentioned, it was a very difficult thing for me to do. Support was a main factor in maintaining the change, maintaining my new found health. However, once I moved past the barrier of asking for help, I understood how important it was. Without it, I would have probably fallen back into my dangerous past behaviors.
I guess that asking for help hurts our ego. It shows us that we cannot do everything ourselves, that we are not unbreakable. When asking for help, we are vulnerable. That’s why it is very important that we the person we seek help from, is one we fully trust. We have to make sure we are not exploited, that we aren’t taken advantage of.
Asking for help is very important. Don’t hold yourself back, don’t let fear paralyze you. Seeking help can lead to the change you desire and which you are in desperate need of. Please, seek the help you need, there is no shame in that, quite the contrary.